Friday, August 18, 2017

Art is Everything: Repurposing with Purpose

Yesterday we had our third Thursday "Art is Everything" event. This week we had our wonderful Re-Purposers in to show how they turn something old or discarded into something new and incredible. The creativity in the gallery (and out front) was electric!

Angela Doak

First we had Angela Doak, who creates collages out of recylced paper - everything from scraps to candy wrappers, each little piece contains a bit of magic.  

Angela Doak, Stages of Collage

Angela's work focuses on animals, and started as a way for her to make art for her children. Now you can find Angela's work at the gallery, craft fairs and in her new book with Nimbus Publishing, Atlantic Animal ABC!


She was kind enough to sign some copies for us, so pick them up while they're still available!

Kim Danio

Next is the fiercely creative Kim Danio, who takes shoes and turns them into masterpieces. Kim has created animals, buildings, boats, circus scenes, fairy tale scenes - you name it, she's done it.

Kim Danio, Fairy Treehouse and Process

Her eye and ability to look at a shoe and pull out something new and creative is astounding and so joyful.
 

Kim Danio, Fairy Tree House

Kim brought two new fairy houses with her, and they're so amazing they must be seen in person to appreciate all the detail. However if you can't make it in you can see them online by clicking HERE.

Ed Beals

Then there's Ed Beals. Need a ray gun? Ed's your guy!

Ed Beals, Ray Gun in Process

How about a robot? Ed's your guy! Really anything made of metal odds and ends, Ed's your guy! With a keen building sense and an eye for detail, Ed makes all kinds of extraordinary pieces.

Ed Beals, Watch out little buddy!

There's a sense of imagination, nostalgia and fun in every piece he makes!

William Rudolph

Last, but most certainly not least, is William Rudolph aka Rudy, who makes all kinds of functional pieces out of reclaimed bike parts.

William Rudolph, Bike Parts Lamp and Works in Process

Rudy helps build and retrofit bikes by trade, his art making is just a habit he can't quit. His lamps are some of the most satisfying to switch on and off, which may be a weird thing to say, but if you come in and try one out we promise you'll understand.

William Rudolph, Glasses

Be sure to join us next Thursday, August 24th, from 12-2:30pm for our last installment, "Art is Everything: Playful Sculptures". We'll have Darren Moreash, who makes amazing hand carved marionettes; Dorothyanne Brown, who makes your favourite felted animals; and Terry Angus, who worked for Jim Henson and makes fantastic puppets. See you then!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Art is Everything: Designing Women

Yesterday we hosted our second Art is Everything event, that featured Designing Women; Jodie Hansen, Chris Bennett, and Melissa Lloyd! During the month of August on Thursdays from noon-2:30pm we're having fun events with local creatives who are sharing their ideas and processes about art with you. For more info on the Art is Everything series you can check out our Exhibits & Events tab above, or by clicking HERE.



We had a great time with Jodie, Chris and Melissa, and each of them brought a unique and insightful perspective to having your own creative outlets while balancing a career in design, where you have to tailor your creativity to meet the needs of a client.


The energy in the gallery was great, the conversations were engaging and the laughter was infectious. Each of our guests had thoughtful ideas and experiences to share.



Melissa talked about making the time for your creative outlet to reduce stress. Through her company Doodle Lovely she's developed resources to help you do just that, and maybe even unearth some hidden talents as well. You can see more from Melissa on her website, Doodle Lovely.

Melissa Lloyd - Doodle Lovely

Jodie reminded us to stay on the silly side and not take everything we make so seriously. If you've been in the gallery you may have noticed a good chunk of our cards and other stationary items are made by Jodie. We can always tell when someone's found them by the laughter in our card section. You can follow Jodie's brain as she comes up with fun new pieces on her Instagram page.

Jodie Hansen - Design Corner

Chris talked about the joy in making art for yourself and figuring out what makes you happy, and then sharing it with the world in magical ways, like she does through her My Happy Place Project, which you can find on her Instagram page or by using the #myhappyplaceproject hashtag.

Chris Bennett - My Happy Place Project

Make sure to join us next Thursday, August 17th, from noon-2:30pm for our next Art is Everything event, Re-Purposing with Purpose. This event will feature creative folk who take odds and ends and turn them into art. It will feature Kim Danio, who makes amazing sculptural pieces out of shoes; Ed Beals, who can take a few metal bits and bobs and turn them into a ray gun, a robot, or whatever his imagination is set on; William Rudolph, who turns old bike parts into functional pieces of art, from candle holders, to belts and lamps; and Angela Doak, who creates collages out of paper scraps, like candy wrappers, and has just released a kids alphabet book about Atlantic animals with Nimbus publishing! We are so looking forward to you meeting these creative and economic artists and builders!

Melissa Lloyd, Chris Bennett and Jodie Hansen

Thank you again to Jodie, Chris and Melissa for sharing their time and insights with us. See you next Thursday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

LAST HIGH NOON at NOON and RECAP of others still available!

Well, we're happy to say that our HIGH NOON AT NOON event this last 13 days went over quite well. Many amazing works from various artists found new homes. Today we are featuring our very last HIGH NOON AT NOON, a bit later than usual, as we also have added a few works still available featured below the current one of the day. **You can find out more info on each of these pieces in our various HIGH NOON posts on this blog. **

Today's HIGH NOON AT NOON work is a winter scene by Gordon MacDonald called "Watching Winter" and measures 11" x 14", Oil on Board. It's quite a magical painting and the more you look at it the more you see. Soft light and long shadows....Somehow Gordon always manages to make Winter look warm.

SOLD UNTIL TOMORROW at 4pm, THIS PAINTING IS PRICED at $595 and then will be priced at the regular price of $895.


 BELOW ARE IMAGES OF OTHER WORKS STILL AVAILABLE AT HIGH NOON PRICES UNTIL END OF THIS WEEK. For individual information, refer to our blog post for each one or call us/email us for details!









Happy Place Project and Rainworks Scavenger Hunt

Many of you may have just returned from a Long Weekend....


.... and we know how you may feeling. It's hard to get back into the swing of things, which is why we are happy to help you ease back to reality with a bunch of fun and FREE art happenings this THURSDAY AND SATURDAY! Also there are TWO ways to WIN $100 from us this week!

For starters, we want to HEAR from you today. Email us at gallery@argylefa.com  and tell us what or where your Happy Place is and you'll be contributing to #myhappyplaceproject and be entered to WIN $100 in gift Certificates. Attend this Thursday,August 10th anytime between Noon- 2:30pm  and be entered a second time too! Read below for all the awesome details.

Find out more about our ART IS EVERYTHING SERIES by clicking here- this Thursday featuring Jodie Hansen, Melissa Lloyd and Chris Bennett! 
Artist Chris Bennett is working on a fun, collaborative version of #myhappyplaceproject and she needs our help. Where's your happy place? It can be anywhere or anything? Quiet nights at the cottage, walks on your favourite beach, listening to your favourite music - we'd love to know!  Here's the BIG IDEA:Chris will be here this Thursday as part of our ART IS EVERYTHING series,to talk about her happy place project this Thursday, Aug. 10, from 12-2:30 pm.
Chris will write everyone's submission in the artful handmade book she has created.She will then place the book in the box and leave it in a public place on Thursday afternoon for someone to find. Fun, right? The world needs to know now, more than ever, where all the best happy places are. (see the photo above for what the actual piece will look like)
This Saturday, August 12th beginning at 2pm drop by the gallery to pick up a MAP to lead you to the secret RAINWORKS messages scattered throughout the city. Find them all, photograph them and post to social media using the hashtag #saysomethinghfx and we'll enter you to WIN a $100  gift certificate. While here meet some of the Rainworks artists, try making a stencil yourself using the special secret ingredient in Rainworks. If it's not raining on Saturday, we'll provide water making implements or bring some of your own . (SEE EVENT POSTER ABOVE) You can get the latest on this event, by joining the event page on Facebook HERE.

Monday, August 7, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Andy MacDonald

Welcome to Monday's HIGH NOON at NOON feature! What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON is a painting by Andy MacDonald. It's called "South Street", Acrylic and Resin on board (hence why you are seeing some reflections in this photo) It measures 11" x 14" really glows with florescent colours and Andy's charm. We especially love the light beam streaming down into the night in this one. Andy is having a solo with us in November, so keep your eyes peeled for that too. 
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $225 and it's regular price is $425




Sunday, August 6, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Caitlin McGuire

Hi! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! It's HIGH NOON at NOON time! What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON is a very interesting painting by Caitlin McGuire. Because I work with Caitlin at the gallery each day, she humours me when I refer to  this painting the "Alien Abduction". Of course, it's not what it's called. But I love the mystery and vibrancy of this painting. The painting is actually called "Wish You Well", measures 20" x 30", Oil on Canvas. It's a view from the end of Robie Street here in Halifax at night, waiting at the bus stop. No aliens in view. :-)
 
 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $385 and it's regular price is $685


Saturday, August 5, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Katharine Burns

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time! It's also 4pm ish....we're on Long Weekend Time today!  

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours; a new offer each day until August 8th! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is one of the first paintings we showed of Katharine Burns. We met Katharine on a whim, because she submitted some works to us for BIKE WEEK about 4 years ago, and look at her now! Two sold out shows back to back years.

"Road Racer", 10" x 14" and is Oil on Canvas. Ready for hanging as is, as it's painted on a wide canvas. This is the last one available from the grouping. This work is supposed to look as if the bike is whoooshing by....at fast speeds. Spectacular!
 
  Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $295 and it's regular price is $450




Friday, August 4, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Stuart Melanson


It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON is one of the last works we have by self-taught artist Stuart Melanson and although we are not wishing for Autumn yet this painting brings back fond memories of Nova Scotia in the Fall- the best time to visit our province. 


This painting is called "Fall Leaf", it is framed and ready for the wall.  It measures 13.5" x 16" (framed) Acrylic on board.

SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for just $195 but it's regular price is $425
 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Citadel Hill

It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON featured work is by an artist from many many years ago..like 14 years ago? We didn't even think we had this work, but it's by Eryn O'Neill. It's a cool perspective from Citadel Hill. The artist used to live not far from there and travel up and down the hill almost daily.

The acrylic painting on canvas measures 36" x 12"
 
SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for just $95.....what a steal!  







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Briana Corr-Scott

It's HIGH NOON at NOON until August 8th. What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature are a few works by Briana Corr-Scott that were painted a number of years ago now. Each work measures 12" x 12", oil on canvas board.  The titles of each are under each image below. Ready for hanging! These works also have touches of gold paint in them, so if you want to add a bit of shimmer they are for you. They would be perfect in any home or cottage. 

Beachy...airy.....fresh....ah, summer!
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, each of these works sell for $325 and their regular price is $500.
If you are interested in purchasing all three, a further 10 % courtesy discount can be applied. 

 
Study with Nasturtiums


Spiny Oyster

Teal Study #5

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Mirco Chen

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time again! We're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up each day at around noon, until August 8th.

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is this delightful cat by Mirco Chen called "Who am I Kidding" It's oil on board and ready to hang, measures 9" x 12" and is just the greatest kitty painting ever! Just look at that neck ruffle...all ready to take on Tuesday like a boss! 
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $185 and it's regular price is $285

Monday, July 31, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Craig Baltzer

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time again! We're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up each day at around noon, until August 8th.

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a brightly coloured house painting by Craig Baltzer. Craig loves to paint and draw architecture. This was a painting he did in 2015, inspired by a trip to Lunenburg. It's called  "Red and Yellow", measures 9" x 12", acrylic on board- ready for hanging and making your home happy!
 
Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $250 and it's regular price is $385

Sunday, July 30, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Bryanna Chapeskie

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time again! We're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up each day at around noon, until August 8th.

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a night scene of the lights on the harbour, which was inspired by a trip on a ship by Bryanna Chapeskie. The work is called  "Night Lights" , Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 20", 2013. It's painted on high sided canvas, so can be hung as is. 
 
SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $275 and it's regular price is $550

Saturday, July 29, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Mark Brennan

It's HIGH NOON at NOON time again! We're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up each day at around noon, until August 8th. 

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is a little beauty by Mark Brennan. What this painting may lack in size it makes up with the power of transporting the viewer to that very moment when the sky was filled with colour before the dawn meets the morning.

The work is called  "Salish Sea Sunrise" and measures 5"x 7" however in the frame, it measures  6" x 8".

SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $250 and it's regular price is $320

Friday, July 28, 2017

HIGH NOON at NOON: Nick Brunt

Just in the nick of time, we're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our mid-summer HIGH NOON event until August 8th.What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. HIGH NOON works are priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is an older work by NICK BRUNT, who is a gallery favourite and working on a great project with us installing RAINWORKS around the city, beginning this weekend (more on our blog about this in the "Exhibits & Events section").

The work we have on offer for today, is actually one of the very first paintings Nick ever brought us. It's called "Astro Boy on the Beach", acrylic on cradleboard (ready to hang!) 14" x 14".  It's pretty amazing and of course, Astro Boy loves the beach almost as much as well do!

SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $285 and it's regular price is $450

 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

HIGH NOON TIME AGAIN! Beginning with Gordon MacDonald

Just in the nick of time, we're going through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offering them up for our mid-summer HIGH NOON event. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until August 8th. 

What is HIGH NOON? HIGH NOON is a time sensitive "sale" on  selected works that the gallery. We'd like to introduce you to these works and hope that some of them find a home with you. This year we are featuring  works each day at  HIGH NOON that will be priced at a special price but for just 24 hours! 

Today's HIGH NOON feature is an older work by Gordon MacDonald, who currently has his latest works on display at the gallery and online HERE

This work is called "Eastern Shore Beach", 8" x 10", oil on linen mounted on cradleboard (ready for hanging) and was painted 2013.  The colours are soft and dreamy, and he has really captured a moment along the shoreline, like only Gordon can.


SOLD  Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $385 and it's regular price is $600


Thursday, June 30, 2016


Paint with all the colours of the wind...

Oh gosh, Nova Scotia is just bursting with talent. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to another new (to us) artist, Danny Abriel. Some of you may remember his paintings from this year's Pre-Shrunk show. Some of you may not because they all sold out.

Danny was born in Halifax and grew up in the Musquodoboit Valley. He atteneded NSCAD University and NSCC where he studied photography.

Artist Danny Abriel with his paintings in the gallery.
Three Mile Lake Lucent, 24"x36", Acrylic on Canvas
Danny's paintings are informed by the native scenery he was raised in - reflective waters, wind-swept trees, contoured landscapes and seasonal colour. 
Light and Limb, 16"x20", Acrylic on Canvas

He is inspired by the connection of the gentle beauty and drama of trees and their surroundings.

Tree at Dusk, 24"x36", Acrylic on Canvas
Here are a few words from the artist himself on his painting "Miller Lake State of Mind":
"I love wind-swept trees. For me, they are a metaphor - an illustration, of ourselves. The tree sprouts. The seed informs how it will grow. Then outside forces act upon it. It is buffeted by the wind and elements. They conspire, in a way, to thwart the tree. Yet, it adapts - it bends, it pushes, it twists and refuses to relent."
Three Mile Lake State of Mind, 18"x36", Acrylic on Canvas
"The tree is strengthened by the struggle and forms something quite dignified and beautiful. Several trees may grow together in similar conditions and locale to mature entirely unique to one another. It's about character. I resonate with that. I feel connected to it. I look at a beautifully twisted tree in all it's individual shape and colour with a sense of appreciation. I celebrate it's story. I'm happy it's made it this far..."
Peggy's Light, 15"x30", Acrylic on Canvas
Come in to see these colourful paintings in person to really feel the spirit of the Canadian coastline.

Our Canada Day Weekend Hours are: 

Friday, July 1st - 10am-2pm

Saturday, July 2nd - 10am-5:3pm

Sunday, July 3rd - Closed

Saturday, June 25, 2016


The Facet-nating World of Julian Covey Ceramics


Today we'd like to introduce you to ceramic artist Julian Covey. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and having grown up in Montreal, Julian returned to the East Coast to study at NSCAD University, where he fell in love with clay. His ceramic vessels encompass both traditional and contemporary elements of functional pottery.


You may remember Julian's work from when we had Miyako Ballesteros from the Ikebana Shop create her floral displays using his vessels.

Ceramics by Julian Covey, Wallpaper by Briana Corr-Scott, Ikebana by Miyako Ballesteros
 

Currently we have a range of Julian's faceted porcelain functional wear including mugs and crystalline canisters with lids.


His colours are spectacular, the view from above one of his crystalline canisters shows off Julian's care and consideration when glazing the facets of his work. For Julian the process of making the works is intuitive, and he uses "the creative process as a tool to delve into the subconscious. Ideas around perception and balance drive the artworks, as does the materiality of the clay itself."


They also pair very nicely with the paintings by Katharine Burns and Gordon MacDonald we currently have on display.


We would have liked to introduce you to Julian's works sooner, but the last time he made a delivery the works left the gallery almost as soon as they arrived!


Pop in soon to enjoy them in person! Cheers from the gallery!

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Welcome our NEW STAFF!

We have some NEW STAFF members here at Argyle Fine Art, and they won't mind us saying, they're a bunch of real wild animals! We'd like to introduce you to some of them...


First, our super lax security Ward the Wolf and Ferdinand the Fox will greet you at the door.


Next up you'll meet Neville the Owl, he may appear to be grumpy but really he enjoys greeting everyone and ensuring they sign the guestbook on the way out!


As you know we shuffle around the work in the gallery on a weekly basis. Thanks to Samuel the Lemur and Chubby the Chipmunk we have two sets of extra hands (extra paws?) to assist us with hanging work! Both of these little fellas are great climbers and did a wonderful job hanging this painting by artist Gordon MacDonald!


We also have a new addition to the customer service team, with Priscilla the Skunk answering the phones! They don't get any friendlier than Priscilla, who would be happy to assist you with all of your art inquiries!


We've got Florence the Cow managing our books, you couldn't ask for a better accountant than ol' Flo. Just don't interrupt her in the middle of doing "paperwork"...


And thank heavens for Karl the Kiwi! We're both terrible with plants so he's been giving us a hand ensuring they not only stay alive but thrive in the gallery!


Ekaterina the Cat says she's keeping an eye on the delicate ceramics in the window, but we all know she's really just lounging in the sun. Can't say we blame her, come afternoon the sunshine in the window is divine. Especially if you're prone to sleeping eighteen hours a day.


And we are so grateful to our new packing and shipping team - William the Donkey, Mac the Musox, Gary the Gnu and Ben the Brown Bear. We send work out across the country and beyond every week so the more hands on deck the better!


We hope you've enjoyed getting to know our new staff members! Pop in to say "hi" to them and the rest of the amazing felted animals by artist Dorothyanne Brown! Each has so much personality you won't be able to resist them!

Happy weekend!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Let's Hear It For the DADS!!


Father's Day is about a week away - June 19th for those of you who might need a little reminder - so it's time to celebrate Dad! If you haven't had a chance to pick something up for Dad yet, don't panic, we have you covered!
Let's get started with a few cards from our Father's Day selection...
Allison Taylor
The Regional Assembly of Text
Jodie Hansen
 
Laura Roy
Once you've picked out the perfect card we'd be happy to help you pick out a gift! 
For your techy Dad, maybe a money clip made out of old watch gears?

Money Clip by Elle Paisley Designs
Or for the fancy Father in your life, how about a set of Lego cufflinks?
Or how about a BRAND NEW BOAT? Whoa whoa who, you might be saying, a new boat might be a bit extravagant... How about a new boat made from a SHOE? That's right, a shoe! 
Shoe Boat by Kim Danio
Or maybe a kayak or canoe is more Dad's speed?
Shoe Kayaks, Canoe and Car by Kim Danio
Or maybe Dad's more of a land lover - how about as some bikes so he and mom can go on some off-road adventures?
Shoe Car and Bikes by Kim Danio

No matter what you route you decide to take we hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy (almost) Father's Day to all your Dad's out there!

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Sea Level: New Works by Katharine Burns

We'd love to invite you to tomorrow night's opening of SEA LEVEL - Friday June 10th, 7-9PM - a show of new works by artist Katharine Burns that explore and celebrate what it means to live by the ocean. Born in Halifax, Katharine studied at NSCAD University, graduating in 2009 with her BFA.

The subject of Katherine's work has varied but she has a style that is distinctly her own. Inspired by her surroundings she approaches her work in a painterly, yet sophisticated manner. Her work can be found in various private collections across Canada.

 

Katharine talks about her work in her own words:
Having lived in Nova Scotia most of my life, the ocean has always been a source of inspiration and is deeply personal to me. In creating these works I intend to not simply capture an image with paint; rather, through colour, texture and composition to communicate a sense of a moment in time, an experience, a memory. I have not painted an object in a landscape; instead, I seek to create a sense of space in a landscape by playing with the almost spiritual relationship between sea and sky, to calm those powerful natural forces into a feeling.

Katharine truly captures the ebb and flow of the sea.  SEA LEVEL evokes those powerful feelings of being by the ocean that you can appreciate whether you're a local, or just visiting Nova Scotia and our coastlines.

 
The show is hung and ready for you to feast your eyes upon it! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening to celebrate Katharine and her beautiful work! Here are a couple of sneak peaks to tide you over until then...

Glisten, 18"x23.5", Oil on Canvas

Ridges, 16"x16", Oil on Board


Friday, June 3, 2016


Crustacean Invasion

The crustaceans are coming! The crustaceans are coming! 


Loafer Lobsters by Kim Danio
Actually they're already here...

Lobster Loafers by Kim Danio

We've been over taken by artist Kim Danio's amazing reclaimed shoe crustaceans. Danio is such a clever and considered artist, there isn't anything she can't create out of a previously loved shoe, but these loafer lobsters truly are something else!

Loafer Lobsters by Kim Danio

Lobsters aren't getting all the crustacean love today though, these two adorable hermit crabs have also scuttled into the gallery.

Reclaimed Shoe Hermit Crabs by Kim Danio

These guys are so cute they definitely need some names. Any suggestions?

Reclaimed Shoe Hermit Crabs by Kim Danio

Lastly we can't forget about our most invasive crustacean pal of all, the green crab! While he may not be native to Nova Scotia, he's really enjoying the Maritimes. So much so that in addition to Danio's reclaimed shoe crab, artist Angela Doak has created prints and even an orginial miniature green crab collage.

Reclaimed Shoe Green Crab by Kim Danio, with framed original collage and crab print by Angela Doak


Green Crab Original Collage, Angela Doak Paper, 4"x5"

Thanks for stopping by, softshell and hardshell pals alike!

Friday, May 27, 2016


Kitty Camping with Michelle St Onge

It may be apparent to some that we at the gallery are fans of our feline friends. It turns out many of our artists are as well, including Michelle St Onge. You probably know Michelle from her awesome graphic prints of Halifax scenes or colourful animals, but with this project she took a little more of a 3D approach... We'll let her tell you about it in her own words:

"Cat obsessed… check
Textile designer… check
Handy with tools… check
Bored on a Friday night… check
I recently got back from a trip to Paris and while visiting my incredibly chic friend Alexia I spotted a cool tent from The Conran Shop for her three year old in her living room. Her son loved spending time in it. Hiding out or chilling’ out."

"Fast forward to a cold night back in Halifax. I had about three meters of my new Cat Eyes print on crisp white cotton sitting on my work table doing nothing. And I realized I knew someone else that loved hiding out and chilling’ out; my cat Birdie."
Birdie St Onge
"Birdie is definitely ‘a caver’ meaning she likes to be under things and in small spaces. With nothing better to do I drew up a pattern for a tiny tent, cut, sewed, ironed, sawed, drilled and sanded. And voila! The Cat tent. You can keep it indoors for a place for your cat to chill or send it outside in the summer to give your cat a place to escape the sun on your patio or lawn."
Birdie St Onge

Kim Danio's reclaimed shoe kitties are also really loving their "glamping" adventure in the gallery.

Kim Danio Reclaimed Shoe Kitties & Michelle St Onge Cat Tent
Pop in today to see more cat related works by Michelle, like these GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Geo kitties...
Michelle St Onge, Geo Cat Birdie, 8"x10", Glow-in-the-Dark Screenprint

Michelle St Onge, Geo Cat Fleux, 8"x10", Glow-in-the-Dark Screenprint
...and more from our other feline loving artists! Happy Friday!





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